This course delves into some of the most pressing issues within Israel today – including many that are less well known in the United States. Topics include an overview of key events from 1967 to today, a deep dive into the current Israeli political system; internal culture wars; the role of the media; the settlements; and pressing strategic problems ranging from the cost of living to changing demographics.
Chen Arad is the ACT program Manager for the Boston Israeli American Council (IAC). In his position, Chen manages the Boston Media Room and represents Act.IL - an online community for Israel - in New England, while also overseeing all regional Israel activism strategy and programming for the IAC. For the past decade, Arad worked as a journalist for various Israeli print and broadcast media outlets including Haaretz, Mako Magazine, Channel 20, ynet News and the business newspaper Globes. Between 2007-10 he served as an Israel Defense Forces Foreign Press Spokesman. Arad holds a BA in History, East Asian Studies and Politics and an MBA for non-profit management from Brandeis University, where he was also a lecturer in Media and Politics. He is a co-founder of Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW): A student-run grassroots movement and conference that works to create a more constructive discourse surrounding Israel on US campuses.
In partnership with Hebrew College.